GALAR GDAŃSKI FOUNDATION is a non-governmental organization established in January 2018 as a way of professional activation of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion and an idea to promote the city of Gdańsk (its history and culture). The Foundation employs people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed.
The Foundation is created by people full of enthusiasm and development plans for the future. In 2018, the foundation managed to implement a service in the form of cruises on historic boats (lighter) around two islands: Granary Island and Ołowianki Island.
It is planned, inter alia, to restore the inhabitants of the pedestrian and bicycle ferry as a connection between the Nowy Port district and the Wisłoujście Fortress.
Historical Polish boats, including the lighter, are a cultural heritage of Poland that should be cared for. Therefore, as
an expression of care for the material and spiritual achievements of generations, the ferry for the crossing will be a lighter, but in a greater
As part of the Foundation’s development, we will want to organize internships for people from social exclusion and those outgoing
from orphanages. While designing the classes, the pupils will learn the knowledge of shipbuilding and boatbuilding crafts.
In the longer term, we are thinking about creating a living boatbuilding museum, in which replicas of historical buildings will be built in front of visitors.
As part of the membrane activity, a number of social projects, including: educational cruises with jelly beans for
children and young people, artistic open-air workshops for talented youth, cleaning rivers and green areas or family picnics.
The boat you have to sail on is a replica of the ancient lighter boat (steered in the 18th century), drawing attention to the water of the Motława under slightly different conditions. The galar is a type of an old Polish river vessel used for one-time use
transport of goods (including salt, lime, zinc, soap, grain) down the river. People flowed to Gdańsk from the upper Vistula and the San.
The then galleys were 18 m long and 8 m wide. They could carry 25 tons of goods.